An old Persian word adopted at an early date by the Hebrews. It only occurs three times in the Old Testament, and always means simply “a park.” It is used for that particular garden or park in which Adam and Eve were placed; and in the later Jewish theology for that part of Hades which was inhabited by the souls of the just, and which we call “Limbo.”

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “paradise”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 25 February 2021. <>